During a sentencing hearing in San Luis District Court March 22, former Boulder Mayor Bob Greenlee, 78, listened as members of Pat Lucero’s family members talked of their irreparable loss Dec. 28, 2016 when Greenlee’s vehicle caused a five-car crash that took the 70-year-old woman’s life.
Greenlee pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to four of nine original criminal counts for his role in the crash, though he maintains he cannot remember anything about the incident. He was hospitalized with head injuries after the incident and his Boulder-based attorney, Mark Biddison, pointed to his client’s continued ill health while sking for leniency.
Pleas secured convictions for criminally negligent homicide, two counts of careless driving and one count of reckless driving.
The 12th Judicial District Attorney also had charged him with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, speeding, reckless endangerment and improper passing on the left. All of those charges were dropped as part of the January agreement.
Physicians’ reports received by presiding Senior Judge Jon Kolomitz suggested that incarceration could lead to deterioration of Greenlee’s health and likely death. Not only does he still suffer from injuries suffered in the 2016 crash, but he also has a severe and incurable illness that demands constant care and medication.
Probation was considered an appropriate sentence, Judge Kolomitz said, taking everything into consideration, despite inexcusable behavior on Greenlee’s part that December afternoon. Greenlee was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation, a fine of some $50,000 and useful community service as determined.
Greenlee was ordered to contribute a non-deductible $100,000 to charitable causes determined by the 12th Judicial District by Dec. 1 of each year he is on probation.
He reportedly covered the cost of the 2017 free community dinner, an event Lucero chaired for many years.
In addition, Greenlee will not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle and will participate in restorative justice programs. All will be done in Boulder County although the offense took place in Costilla County on La Veta Pass.
Greenlee was driving a 2003 Cadillac Escalade westbound 87 mph in a 65-mph zone on Colorado 160 the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 when his vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane to pass another vehicle when it hit Lucero’s eastbound 2010 Toyota Camry, which then collided with a 2015 Freightliner pulling a trailer in her lane and a 2006 Kia Spectra in the oncoming lane.
After hitting Lucero’s vehicle, Greenlee’s vehicle hit a BMW X5 head-on in the oncoming lane, before going off the edge of the highway.
He and his wife were seriously hurt, as were occupants in the other vehi